Gay News Briefs, Nov. 10 – 23, 2017

Posted: November 10th, 2017 | Gay News Briefs, News, Opinion & News | No Comments

TRANSGENDER CANDIDATES WIN SEATS ACROSS COUNTRY The election on Nov. 7 has many saying it not only proved that the electorate has had enough of Trump and the bigotry that has seeped into the country’s culture since his inauguration last January, it also proved that if Democrats get out and vote, Democrats will win. Transgender candidate Danica Roem — a Democrat, journalist and heavy metal singer — easily took her state representative seat away from […]

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Art, wine and … a peacock

Posted: November 10th, 2017 | Features, Top Story | No Comments

By Dave Fidlin

When the LGBT-themed children’s book, “A Peacock Among Pigeons” was released two years ago, Clarione Gutierrez had high hopes it would resonate with young readers.

What Gutierrez — known professionally as just “Clarione” and the San Diegan who illustrated the colorful, 33-page book — did not anticipate was the reception it would receive from adults who absorbed the timeless message of celebrating the attributes that make each of us special and unique.

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Analysis: Taking a loop in a Tesla

Posted: November 10th, 2017 | News, Top Story | 1 Comment

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

[Editor’s note: This is the first in a series as we follow the progress of this start-up.]

I’m a daily user of public transportation, I make great use of the Lyft app on my phone and I take Amtrak north to Los Angeles on a regular basis.

So when I recently became aware through Facebook of a new long-distance ride-sharing service made available to San Diegans called Tesloop, I was intrigued.

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New Mr. Gay San Diego announced

Posted: November 10th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, News, Top Story | No Comments

By SDCNN Staff

After nearly a decade of hiatus, the Mr. Gay San Diego competition — this year co-produced by Big Mike Phillips and Robert Rodriguez — roared back into the community on Sunday, Nov. 5.

It was a packed house at the newly redesigned Hillcrest landmark The Rail, formerly called The Brass Rail, that greeted the eight competitors who each strutted their stuff across the new stage.

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A tremendous splash of color

Posted: October 27th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Story | 3 Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

Sometime over the last week or 10 days, the L-shaped, two-story building that has been a longtime fixture at the northeast corner of University Avenue and Florida Street had a major face lift. As a result, social media has gone wild as local residents weigh in.

While the brick along the base of the building at 2004 University Ave. remains untouched, the rest of the structure has been transformed into a rainbow wonderland. Some think the bright, ragged, multi-colored theme is garish and over the top. Other people, including many from the LGBT community whose 60-foot Pride flag monument is just three blocks west of the building, think it is fabulous.

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Welcome Greater Palm Springs Pride

Posted: October 27th, 2017 | Featured, News, Pride | No Comments

Greater Palm Springs Pride is coming!

Join the festivities, Friday, Nov 3, through Sunday, Nov. 5, in nearby scenic downtown Palm Springs. Free Pride Festival, a free parade, pool parties, a Block Party on Arenas Road, a 5k run, a candlelight vigil and walk, and much more, all in and around Palm Canyon Drive. For more details read our Gay News Briefs at or visit

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The face of homelessness

Posted: October 27th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Film, News | No Comments

By Lucia Viti

Tony Rodriguez is an intelligent and articulate man. The San Diego native is described as humble, kind, compassionate, loyal and creative. Sporting an associate’s degree in graphic arts from Mesa College, Tony draws, paints and assembles sculptures made from discarded items. Tenacious and handy with tools, he can even fix a bicycle “in a heartbeat.”

Five years ago, Tony lost his job as a waiter, despite a 15-year tenure. Lacking financial and familial support, he could no longer afford his basement apartment. Homeless, Tony said he learned to survive living on the streets because it was “easier than living in shelters.”

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Gay News Briefs: Oct. 27 – Nov. 9, 2017

Posted: October 27th, 2017 | Gay News Briefs, News, Opinion & News | No Comments


Greater Palm Springs Pride Festival, the last one in the region’s annual Pride season, kicks off Friday, Nov. 3 and continues through Sunday, Nov. 5. The free festival is held Saturday and Sunday along scenic Palm Canyon Drive with an entrance at Amado Road.

In addition to the weekend’s main events, Pride festivities have expanded this year to include pool parties, a 5K run, a candlelight vigil and march honoring George Zander — the local activist who was assaulted in a hate crime in 2015 and died of his injuries — and other fun experiences.

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Bring your nightmares to Normal

Posted: October 13th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Story | No Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

Halloween is a long-standing tradition within the LGBT community – going back decades — and Hillcrest will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of its own version of that tradition, Nightmare on Normal Street, on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 6–11 p.m.

The festivities will take place as they always have, on Normal Street in Hillcrest — between University Avenue and Harvey Milk Street — near what is now called Pride Plaza and under the Pride Flag.

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‘A small but important step’

Posted: October 13th, 2017 | News, Top Story | No Comments

By Tom Kirkman

On Saturday, Oct. 7, I attended a Mass for the members of the LGBT community and their families at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Hillcrest.

The Mass was celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop John Dolan and observed the 20th anniversary of “Always Our Children” — a pastoral document from the U.S. Catholic bishops to parents and pastors of LGBT children — released Sept. 10, 1997.

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Gay News Briefs – Oct. 13, 2017

Posted: October 13th, 2017 | Gay News Briefs, News, Opinion & News | No Comments


Charlene Baldridge, a longtime member of the San Diego Theatre Critic’s Circle and the theater reviewer for Gay San Diego for the past seven years, passed away Sept. 9. She was 83.

Baldridge never missed a play and was still active and working right up until a fall sidelined her in May. She was recuperating from the fall and a subsequent surgery when she died.

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May the best woman werq!

Posted: September 29th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Story | No Comments

By Margie Palmer

After a sold-out 16-city tour through Europe, the queens of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” will soon unleash their own brand of hilarity and hijinks upon San Diego, on Thursday, Oct. 12.

The U.S. extension of their Werq the World Tour will be hosted by Shangela Laquifa Wadley of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” seasons two and three, and feature performances by some of the series’ most unforgettable queens, including Alyssa Edwards, Detox, Kim Chi, Latrice Royale, and Violet Chachki, along with season nine favorites Peppermint and Valentina.

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Wine time in a garden

Posted: September 29th, 2017 | Features, Food & Drink, Top Story | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Back in 2000, when the notion of opening a bar that serves only wine was considered financially risky, longtime gay couple and world travelers Reuel Olin and Bob Grinchuk decided to take the gamble after returning from a trip to Paris.

They were impressed by the city’s “unique civilization” of wine bars and the myriad varietals and artisan cheeses they served.

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The San Diego LGBT Community Center: The founding

Posted: September 29th, 2017 | Columns, Features, Profiles in Advocacy, Top Story | 1 Comment

By Ian Morton | Profiles in Advocacy

Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series.

Imagine (or remember) a world before personal computers, cell phones, the internet, and social media.

It was 1971, and the LGBT community was still reeling from Stonewall (1969) and the inclusion of homosexuality as a mental disorder in the 1968 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Same-sex sexual acts were considered criminal in all but the state of Illinois, in the United States.

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